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Top Government Officials Focusing on Partnerships to Achieve Cybersecurity Goals

Cybersecurity has become a top priority for the federal government as it presses forward in its digitization journey. Today, public sector agencies are constantly collecting and leveraging unprecedented amounts of data to advance their goals, and safeguarding this information is critical for mission success.

The Potomac Officers Club will bring together both government and industry cyber experts at its 2024 Cyber Summit in May, where these elite leaders will discuss the impact of the evolving domain on federal operations. To learn more and register to attend the event, click here.

To steer the U.S. government toward stronger cybersecurity practices, the Biden-Harris Administration released the National Cybersecurity Strategy in March, and many federal agencies are developing cybersecurity roadmaps tailored to their specific needs.

Numerous public sector officials have noted partnerships as a major element in making these goals a reality. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chief Acquisition Executive David Patrick, who spoke at the 2023 Cyber Summit, emphasized the importance of a cooperative environment within the U.S. cyber community in promoting “sustainable cybersecurity.” In his speech, he highlighted the need to keep executives in both government and industry “well-educated on cyber risk and cybersecurity considerations.”

According to David McKeown, deputy chief information officer and chief information security officer for the Department of Defense, the DOD is currently developing guidelines detailing how contractors should work with government organizations to protect them from cyberthreats.

McKeown, a 2023 Wash100 Award winner, also spoke at the 2023 Cyber Summit, where he discussed quantum and the department’s related cryptography efforts.

During GovCon Wire’s 2023 Information Security and Innovation Forum, Robert Costello, CIO of CISA, said improving communication with private sector collaborators could help break down barriers to bringing secure industry technology to the public sector. He said that sometimes, the answer may be “just sitting down, having good open discussions with your customers, telling them what you need from them.”

In May, Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and a seven-time Wash100 Award recipient, released his priorities for the cyber-focused unit, one of which is strengthening warfighting advantage throughout competition crisis and conflict. The announcement highlighted partnerships with combatant commands, federal agencies, international allies, academia and industry as a key part of achieving this goal. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about government cyber priorities at the 2024 Cyber Summit! Register here.

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